“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of Nov 26- Dec 2, 2017

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Pat Miletich, Nashville, Tennessee

David Hillinck, Huntsville, Alabama

Pratik Yedla, Huntsville, Alabama

Charles Bowers, Nashville, Tennessee

Brett Kmiec, Nashville, Tennessee

Mike Bush, Nashville, Tennessee

Keith Simmons, Nashville, Tennessee

Jake Bartel, Cincinnati, Ohio

Kayo Beshir, Antioch, Tennessee

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Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power
Meghan O’Sullivan

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Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest. Harvard professor and former Washington policymaker Meghan L. O’Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance. This abundance is transforming the geo-political order and boosting American power.

As a new administration focuses on raising American energy production, O’Sullivan’s Windfall describes how new energy realities have profoundly affected the world of international relations and security. New technologies led to oversupplied oil markets and an emerging natural gas glut. This did more than drive down prices. It changed the structure of markets and altered the way many countries wield power and influence.

America’s new energy prowess has global implications. It transforms politics in Russia, Europe, China, and the Middle East. O’Sullivan explains the consequences for each region’s domestic stability as energy abundance upends traditional partnerships, creates opportunities for cooperation.

The advantages of this new abundance are greater than its downside for the US: it strengthens American hard and soft power. This powerful book describes how new energy realities creates a strategic environment to America’s advantage.

About the Author

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is also the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, which explores the complex interaction between energy markets and international politics. Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan for the last two years of her tenure. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Windfall: The New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics is her third book.

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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


Week of Nov 19-25, 2017

1. Two political leaders from THIS region of Spain have been released from detention after acknowledging control of the central government in Madrid.

A. Basque
B. Brittany
C. Catalonia
D. Castillia

Correct response: C. Catalonia

2. China was disturbed by the visit of the President of THIS nuclear weapon state to a disputed area, saying it opposed activities in such regions.

A. North Korea
B. Russia
C. Pakistan
D. India

Correct response: D. India

3. What is the capital of Catalonia?

A. Valencia
B. Barcelona
C. Granada
D. Seville

Correct response: B. Barcelona

4. The Kenyan Supreme Court ruled in favor of THIS presidential candidate after several months of violence plagued election battles. The opposition party claimed the ruling was made under duress, a day after a Justice’s body guard was shot and killed. At least 66 people have died surrounding the August and October presidential voting.

A. Uhuru Kenyatta
B. Daniel arap Moi
C. Mwai Kibaki
D. Jomo Kenyatta

Correct response: A. Uhuru Kenyatta

5. The League of Arab States met Sunday in a special session to discuss interference in Arab affairs by THIS nation:

A. Syria
B. Lebanon
C. Russia
D. Iran

Correct response: D. Iran

6. The special meeting of the Arab League on Sunday accused Hezbollah of terrorism and noted it was a part of the coalition government of THIS country.

A. Syria
B. Iraq
C. Iran
D. Lebanon

Correct response: D. Lebanon

7. THIS long-standing autocratic fixture in Zimbabwe is in the midst of being toppled by the country’s army.

A. Emmerson Mnangagwa
B. Robert Mugabe
C. Charles Taylor
D. Ian Khama

Correct response: B. Robert Mugabe

8. THIS country called for a ceasefire and sought a role in ending the conflict among Myannmar’s armed forces, militias and the Muslim Rohingya population that has seen upwards of 600,000 Rohingya flee the country.

A. Bangladesh
B. Pakistan
C. United States
D. China

Correct response: D. China

9. This week President Trump triggered new sanctions aimed at North Korea by invoking THIS action.

A. Designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
B. In violation of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NNPT).
C. In violation of UN Security Council Resolutions on ICBM flights over neighbors.
D. Violations of the 1953 Armistice that ended the Korea War.

Correct response: A. Designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

10. U.S. forces in Japan were ordered restricted to bases and housing, and to refrain from consumption of alcohol after a servicemember, accused of drunk driving in a military truck, struck and killed a civilian motorist on THIS Japanese Island, causing damage to US-Japanese relations.

A. Okinawa
B. Kyushu
C. Shikoku
D. Hokkaido

Correct response: A. Okinawa

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